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Meaning & Definition of Nearly in English





1. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished

  • All but
  • "The job is (just) about done"
  • "The baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded"
  • "We're almost finished"
  • "The car all but ran her down"
  • "He nearly fainted"
  • "Talked for nigh onto 2 hours"
  • "The recording is well-nigh perfect"
  • "Virtually all the parties signed the contract"
  • "I was near exhausted by the run"
  • "Most everyone agrees"
  • about,
  • almost,
  • most,
  • nearly,
  • near,
  • nigh,
  • virtually,
  • well-nigh

2. In a close manner

  • "The two phenomena are intimately connected"
  • "The person most nearly concerned"
  • closely,
  • intimately,
  • nearly

Examples of using

It's nearly seven o'clock. We have to go to school.
The truck nearly ran me over.
We nearly had an accident when the car brakes jammed.